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A measure of the energy released from the detonation of a nuclear weapon, or from the explosion of a given quantity of fissionable material, in terms of the amount of TNT (trinitrotoluene) which could release the same amount of energy when exploded.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
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to have the maximum capacity of up to 2 megatonnes in TNT equivalent
intelligence assessments saying the test released 140 kilotons of TNT equivalent
, making it larger in explosive yield than the previous five tests combined.
Luccioni and her colleague Daniel Ambrosini concluded that a bomb carrying between 2,500 to 3,000 kilograms of TNT equivalent
that was elevated 50 to 80 centimeters above the ground was responsible for the huge explosion.